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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Media Request for online victims

A writer for Rolling Stone magazine is looking for an online victim, male or female, 18-25 years old, who would be willing to be interviewed about what happened to them online. Contact WHO@ President, Jayne Hitchcock, at for more info.

Monday, October 25, 2010

WHO@ Newsletter - October 25, 2010

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Ahhhh, dumbass
Break-in suspect reports his car was stolen

A Connecticut man was arrested after police said he burglarized three condos then called officers to report that the car he allegedly used in the break-ins had been stolen. Police said 33-year-old Geraldo "Tito" Figueroa, of Waterbury, reported late Monday to Fairfield police that his car had been taken.

An officer responding to the burglaries in Old Saybrook, Conn., just hours before said he had spotted Figueroa fleeing the sceene with a pillow case full of items.

Police said a car linked to Figueroa was left at the condo complex with items inside that had been reported stolen there.

Figueroa was arraigned Wednesday on burglary and larceny charges and was ordered held on $300,000 cash bond. It was unclear if Figueroa had hired an attorney.

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Cyber bullying: Hate spreads like virus - 10/25/10
Bullies used to confront their victims face-to-face. They'd throw them against a locker and demand lunch money. Or they'd toss them into the locker room of the opposite sex. Today, bullies make their mark often without ever talking to their victims. Sometimes they don't even know them. A hapless student trips in the lunchroom and spills a tray. Seconds later, a picture of his or her lunch-stained humiliation is posted to Facebook and then instantaneously sent to classmates who forward it to more friends. Before the next period begins, the student is so devastated, he or she vows to never return to school.

Facebook crackdown in schools - 10/24/10
Teachers could be disciplined or fired for friending students on Facebook and school administrators would be encouraged to comb the Web for cyber-transgressions under a new policy being pitched to Massachusetts districts. “It’s just an effort to provide an additional measure for kids against inappropriate relationships and sexual harassment,” said Massachusetts Association of School Committees executive director Glenn Koocher of the group’s advisory policy.

Cyber-bullying is 'now the greatest fear U.S. parents have about their children's safety' - 10/23/10
Cyber-bullying is the biggest fear U.S. parents have for the safety of their children, a survey claims. Researchers found almost one in three adults with youngsters aged 12 to 17 worry more about bullying - especially via mobile phones - than kidnapping, domestic terrorism, car accidents, or suicide. There have been a spate of cyber-bullying cases across the U.S. in recent months. In Massachusetts a 15-yr-old girl recently arrived from Ireland, committed suicide after relentless cyber-bullying at school.

Why putting your holiday plans on Facebook is an invitation to crooks - 10/23/10
Homeowners who insist on putting their holiday plans online face a crackdown from insurers. Anyone burgled after advertising their plans on social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter or applications to publish their exact location could end up targeted not just by crooks. The issue has emerged after insurance companies said they will take into account any potentially revealing messages when analysing claims.

Woman reports online identity theft - 10/22/10
When you look up a friend on Facebook or Myspace and see their picture pop up on their profile page, you know you've found the right person, right? Maybe not. A Millcreek woman says someone has stolen her online identity. Katie Dudley uses the internet to keep in touch with friends, and like many young mothers, blogs. But someone thought her life online looked pretty good, so they are impersonating her, even posting pictures of her children and husband.

Erin Andrews Peephole Video Reposted - Is She a Cyberbully Victim? - 10/22/10
We’ve heard a lot about kids harassing each other online, posting mean things and dirty pics on Facebook pages and Twitter and on social networks and web sites and forums that pop up daily. A recent study showed that some 43% of kids are bullied via Internet. But adults can be cyber bullied too. Such is the case of poor Erin Andrews.

Status change: Facebook charge turns friends into foes - 10/22/10
What began as a friendship five years ago between two women with common career aspirations and business sensibilities is lost today amid the legal paperwork. Michelle Dinkins-Buck, 39, and Barbara Henry, 58, first met at a breakfast career meeting for women but they may now be seeking their just desserts in a court of law. This became apparent at noon Wednesday, when Henry was served with court papers. She's being sued by Dinkins-Buck for malicious prosecution.

Fan grabbed by Rypien says regular guy 'would probably be fired' over incident - 10/22/10
James Engquist is already regretting his (way) more than 15 minutes of fame after being grabbed by Rick Rypien in Tuesday's game in Minnesota. Reached by The Province Friday following the announcement of Rypien's six-game suspension by the NHL for his actions, Engquist acknowledged he is seeking legal advice but refused further comment. The 28-year-old has apparently been inundated with media requests and suffered harassment on the Internet and through emails.

Man nabbed after pot text to Texas police officer - 10/22/10
A message between old friends who hadn't been in touch for a while led to a drug arrest after the recipient of the "So do you smoke weed?" text turned out to be a police officer. Amanda Williams is a reserve officer with the Early Police Department.

Cyberstalking charge for man accused of e-mailing Shelby attorney 157 times - 10/22/10
A man accused of harassing a Shelby attorney faces a cyberstalking charge after allegedly e-mailing the lawyer 157 times. Samuel James Lloyd, 44, of the 600 block of Lark Drive in Shelby, has allegedly been calling attorney Becky Brown and paralegal Kristie Brooks repeatedly to annoy and harass the women. A warrant for Lloyd's arrest said the e-mails were sent for the purpose of harassment.

Man charged with aggravated cyberstalking over text messages - 10/21/10
A man who sent threatening text messages to the mother of his child was charged with aggravated cyberstalking, according to an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest report.

Court Orders Google to Reveal Identity of Carla Franklin Cyber-Stalker - 10/21/10
A Manhattan court has ordered Google to reveal the identity of a person or persons who have been cyber-stalking Carla Franklin, a New York business consultant for non-profit organizations. The ruling could have implications for the anonymity with which people have used the internet since its inception. Read more below.

Playground bullying decreases while cyber-bullying increases - 10/21/10
The recent suicide of another student (this time at Parma Senior High School) raises the question once again about cyber-bullying. Although the local news channel denied that bullying played a role in the most recent suicide, unconfirmed sources suggest otherwise. The fact that the question was even raised once again brings the topic of cyber-bullying into the forefront. Cyber-bullying, or internet bullying, can be described as the activity of intentional and repeated harassment resulting in harm against an individual using an electronic medium (Fiala 2010). This form of victimization appears to be increasing at an alarming rate. This article represents an inquiry into trends of bullying activities and compares the trends of traditional forms of school yard harassment with cyber-bullying.

Hermon High student expelled over rap song - 10/21/10,156702
A Hermon High School senior who was expelled this week over the lyrics of a rap song he wrote about his school and posted on the Internet now says his First Amendment right to free speech is being violated.

R.I.P. Chatroulette: A Sad Tale of Missed Opportunity - 10/21/10
Remember Chatroulette? It's hard to believe that barely eight months ago the anonymous video chat site had everyone captivated. Venture capitalists clamored to invest, journalists tripped over one another to profile­and now Chatroulette is dying, unused and unloved. It's not just that people seem to have stopped talking about the voyeuristic social network; they seem to have stopped going to it, as well.

Grieving parents horrified after firefighters' graphic video of crash which killed their daughter is posted on internet - 10/20/10
Heartbroken parents Jeff and Lucretia Kempson are speaking out after Georgia firefighters allegedly filmed their daughter's deadly wreck with a cell phone instead of pulling her lifeless body from her car. Dayna Kempson-Schacht, 23, died on July 17 when her SUV crossed the central barrier, flipped multiple times and crashed into trees. Dayna, a mother-of-two, died instantly according to the coroner. Months after her death Dayna's parents were emailed the graphic video of the death scene by an ex-brother-in-law, after the footage was posted online.

Online crime brings real jail time - 10/20/10
About 15 years ago, Amanda Lombard and Carey Duley dated. It didn’t work out, and Lombard moved on. Duley, on the other hand, apparently never quite got over her. And as a result, he began serving six months in county jail Tuesday for harassing Lombard over the Internet. Duley contacted Lombard through the Internet social networking website about a year ago, asking to “friend” her. She wasn’t aware who he was and agreed.

Guilty plea for e-mail threat sender - 10/20/10
A New Jersey man who went by "Devilfish" as he sent threatening e-mails to employees at the D.C.-based headquarters of the National Council of La Raza and other Latino civil rights groups pleaded guilty Wednesday to his years-long campaign, federal prosecutors said.

Widespread Confusion over Protecting Privacy - 10/20/10
Are you taking the appropriate steps to protect your identity and privacy online? A new survey from Anonymizer suggests that not only is there a good chance you're not, but that you don't even clearly understand what those steps might be.

Bellevue woman accused of harassing ex-husband online - 10/20/10
A Bellevue woman accused of sending more than 200 emails and online posts filled with vulgar language and pornographic images to friends, relatives and colleagues of her estranged husband has been charged with eight counts of felony cyber-stalking.

Australian police catch up with suspect on Facebook - 10/20/10
In an Australian first, police in Melbourne have used Facebook to serve a court order on a man accused of cyber- stalking his former girlfriend. They turned to the social networking site after failing to contact the man in person, by phone or through the mail.

Google breached Canada's privacy laws - 10/19/10
Google Street View cars breached Canadian privacy laws by inappropriately collecting personal information through a "careless error," the federal privacy commissioner has found.
"Our investigation shows that Google did capture personal information ­ and, in some cases, highly sensitive personal information such as complete e-mails. This incident was a serious violation of Canadians’ privacy rights," Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart stated Tuesday.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

WHOA Needs More Volunteers!

My organization, WHOA, is looking for new advocates. Please see

Monday, October 18, 2010

Phoebe The Cyber Crime Dog in The American Dog Magazine

Official Mascot of WHO@-KTD (Kids/Teen Division at, she is on page 34 of the Winter 2010 issue, available online now and in bookstores/newsstands on November 1, 2010:

WHO@ Newsletter - October 18, 2010

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .It's actually a great idea!
Stumbling out of a nightclub and walking home barefoot with aching feet after dancing all night in killer heels could be a thing of the past for women thanks to new vending machines which sell disposable shoes. German student Isabella Fendt came up with the idea "Ballerina to go" -- ballerinas are flat shoes -- after too many nights of aching disco feet.
Machines selling the shoes are already installed in four clubs in the south German city of Munich. A pair of the disposable shoes costs 7 euros ($10) and comes with a bag in which to put the high heels.

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Cyber Bullies Beware As High Schools Prepare - 10/18/10
When a group of high school students created a fictitious female profile on MySpace to deceive an unsuspecting male student into an embarrassing first date, videotaped the hoax and put it up on YouTube­they probably didn't expect a lawsuit.

Gene Simmons Threatens Anonymous, Responds to DDoS Attacks Against His Site - 10/17/10
"Some of you may have heard a few popcorn farts re: our sites being threatened by hackers," wrote KISS bassist Gene Simmons on his website yesterday, responding to a DDoS attack that took down earlier this week.

Dangerous trend: A deep rise in the ‘stalk’ market - 10/17/10
The city is widely growing and with its huge growth, there are many a new things going on and on and have been creating a menace since their advent in this city. Obviously, these weren't new for the other metros, but as a city goes metro, some of these features always come and are actually governed or driven by frustrated people. Not going to the psychic analysis, let me talk about today's most disturbing as well as often regarded as most dangerous types of cyber crimes, cyber stalking.

Online stalking arrest - 10/17/10
Acceptorregretit, wasthatyouisaw and xYouWillSufferx are just a few of the many screen names police say 22-year-old Robert Calabrese of Guilderland was using to hide his identity and send harassing and threatening messages to a woman online.

Scots teachers call for legal clampdown on Facebook as schools see rise in cyberbullying - 10/17/10
Scottish teachers want a legal showdown with Facebook in a bid to make social networking sites accountable for abusive and intimidating comments posted online by school children. The Education Institute of Scotland (EIS), the country’s biggest teaching union, says it receives between 50 and 60 complaints a year from teachers who have been cyberbullied, harassed and threatened online by their students.

Teachers want social networking sites to be accountable for bullying - 10/17/10
SOCIAL networking sites could be held accountable for cyber bullying if Scottish teachers go ahead with their planned legal battle on websites like Facebook. The country’s largest teaching union – the Education Institute of Scotland (EIS) – said it receives between 50 and 60 complaints a year from teachers claiming to have been harassed and threatened online by their pupils.

Behold Facebook’s creepy step-brother, MyLife - 10/16/10
As if stalking Facebook didn’t already allow people to digitally stalk each other, there is another website that seems to have creepiness at the heart of its operations. MyLife goes by the slogan “Find everyone. All in one place.” To be fair, the majority of the site is essentially a fairly tame, rehashed version of, which allows you to search for people by name, email, and so on.

US studying Australian Internet security program - 10/16/10
The government is reviewing an Australian program that will allow Internet service providers to alert customers if their computers are taken over by hackers and could limit online access if people don't fix the problem. Obama administration officials have met with industry leaders and experts to find ways to increase online safety while trying to balance securing the Internet and guarding people's privacy and civil liberties.

Brett Favre to Meet With NFL Security Over Jenn Sterger Allegations - 10/16/10
Vikings quarterback Brett Favre will meet with an NFL security official here on Tuesday to discuss allegations that he made inappropriate advances and sent lewd text messages to TV host Jenn Sterger while both were employees of the New York Jets. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told NBC on Saturday that there would be a meeting but that he would not personally attend it. Sports Illustrated and NBC's Peter King reported that the meeting would be with NFL security chief Milt Aldrich.

Discovery of GPS tracker becomes privacy issue - 10/16/10
Yasir Afifi, a 20-year-old computer salesman and community college student, took his car in for an oil change earlier this month and his mechanic spotted an odd wire hanging from the undercarriage.The wire was attached to a strange magnetic device that puzzled Afifi and the mechanic. They freed it from the car and posted images of it online, asking for help in identifying it.

Man charged with cyberstalking may have victims in Snohomish County - 10/15/10
Police believe a man facing 269 counts of cyberstalking in King County may have harassed other people in Snohomish County.

Rollover image on your website? That will be $80,000 (please) - 10/15/10
"Dear website owner, congratulations on your excellent site, which includes features covered by our registered patent, #5,251,294. As the description indicates, many of the components on your pages, particularly your menus, rollover images, and shortcuts, are detailed in our claim. We would be delighted to lease these to you at a reasonable royalty rate of $80,000. Please call our offices at your convenience to arrange a payment schedule."

Celebrities tracked by new website amid security fears - 10/15/10
Fans will be able to track the movements of their favourite celebrities following the launch of a new website that tells them where they were last sighted, despite fears it could put them in jeopardy.

Facebook works to remove anti-gay hate speech - 10/15/10
Facebook is working with a gay-advocacy group to reduce the amount of hate speech and bullying on the online social hub. Anti-gay bullying has been in the spotlight recently after the suicides of several gay teenagers, including Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi, garnered national attention. According to police, the 19-year-old jumped off the George Washington Bridge after his roommate secretly recorded him with another male student and distributed video online.

Twitter cuts off celebrity-tracker JustSpotted - 10/15/10
Twitter on Friday said it cut celebrity-tracking service JustSpotted off from a pipeline of "tweets" that could be tapped to map the whereabouts of stars. JustSpotted will launch Tuesday with an online map that pinpoints celebrity sightings in real time using updates from sources including Twitter, Facebook, and location-based check-in service FourSquare. JustSpotted is a reincarnation of real-time search engine Scoopler, which had licensed a "fire hose" data feed of all public tweets from Twitter.

Judge orders Google to unmask YouTube cyberbully who attacked Columbia MBA graduate - 10/15/10
A Manhattan judge has ordered Google to identify the cyberbully who trashed a brainy beauty on YouTube. Columbia MBA graduate Carla Franklin went after Google in August in an attempt to unmask her online tormentor, who slimed her under three aliases on its video-sharing site.

Girl Wins Over "Porn Cover" - 10/15/10
PRETTY Lara Jade Coton has won £82,000 damages from bosses at a US porn firm who used a holiday snap of her on the front cover of an X-rated film. Lara, now 21,was only 14 and a keen photographer when she took a self-portrait of herself in Blackpool wearing a top hat and a ball gown.

Que. man accused of online threats seeks bail - 10/14/10
Quebec crown prosecutors are fighting a bail request from a Montreal man accused of making threats on the internet and possessing child pornography. Prosecutors say David Abitbol, 28, should not be set free pending his trial because it would be a safety risk for the general population.

12-Year-Olds Charged With Facebook Harassment - 10/14/10
In the wake of some recent high-profile bullying cases across the country, three Glastonbury students were arrested on Thursday, accused of harassing a classmate on Facebook. The students, all 12 years old, attend Smith Middle School with the victim.

Passenger ordered to take down 'I Hate Ryanair' website after airline complained about 'heavily critical site' - 10/13/10
A website set up to criticise Ryanair has been shut down by an internet watchdog – because it proved so popular it earned its owner money. The founder of – whose strapline was ‘The World’s Most Hated Airline’ – was forced to surrender the web address after the budget carrier complained to the domain name dispute resolution service.

The case for cybercasing: Uploading photos to Facebook and Twitter can make you a target for crime - 10/13/10
At 10:31 a.m. Paul Hebert, a resident of Greenville, S.C., posted a photo to his Twitter account, Incentintel. The photo, uploaded to Twitpic, was geo-tagged with his exact location – near Roosevelt Road in Chicago. The website posted the tweet as an example of dangerous, inadvertent oversharing of information on social networking sites that can lead to crimes like stalking and robbery.

Virtual Realty - 10/12/10
IT may look like a cosy family home - but this vacant house really is one big mod con. The empty bungalow has been disguised with a virtual reality front - as have many nearby shops - after being boarded up for months. Council bosses hope by turning the real estate to unreal estate they can attract desperately-needed business investment to an area devastated by the recession.

Fake Facebook Profiles And The Rise Of Online Harassment - 10/12/10
“What did people do without Facebook?” I hear this question a lot, as my friends from back home and from school discuss the fact that most of us found our roommates and some college friends on the social networking site. It is the place where you can keep up with those living in all parts of the world and stay updated on everybody’s lives.

Woman's email threat against judge also named Emanuel - 10/12/10
The arrest of a Gold Coast woman charged with intimidation of a public official began with an email to the White House threatening to "blow out the the brains" of nine people, including a Cook County judge and mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel.

Lotto Hoaxers in Frenzy - 10/12/10
BRITAIN'S biggest lottery win remained unclaimed last night - as hoaxers pretended they had won the £113million prize. Operator Camelot confirmed no one had yet come forward for Friday's EuroMillions jackpot. A Sunderland man yesterday sent the internet into a frenzy after posting what appeared to be the winning ticket on social networking site Facebook.

4channers Hunt Down Detroit Couple Taunting Dying Girl While Reddit Donates to the Victim's Family - 10/08/10
Fox Detroit reports that a 7-year old girl named Kathleen Edward became the subject of cruel taunts by her neighbors. Kathleen is dying of Huntington's Disease, a degenerative brain disorder which killed her mother at 24. Neighbors Jennifer and Scott Petkov, who are allegedly embroiled in some kind of feud with Kathleen's family, set up a Facebook page with a picture of Kathleen's mother in the arms of the grim reaper and Kathleen's face photoshopped into a skull and crossbones. Why?

Monday, October 11, 2010

WHO@ Newsletter - October 11, 2010

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Need I say more?
Wanted woman flags down police: Am I wanted?

Police in suburban Cincinnati arrested a woman after she flagged an officer down and asked if there were any warrants out for her arrest. The Cincinnati Enquirer reported Friday that after Lockland police officer Dan Lyons informed 44-year-old Selma Elmore she did have an outstanding warrant, the woman ran off. The chase ended when Elmore pushed Lyons into a building, injuring his elbow.

Other officers responding to a call for backup later apprehended the woman.

Elmore, wanted for allegedly failing to pay a fine as a result of a drug conviction, now faces a charge of resisting arrest.

Hamilton County Jail records did not list an attorney for Elmore.

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Facebook spammer's $1B fine is excessive: lawyer - 10/11/10
A Montreal man who spammed millions of Facebook users has been handed a disproportionate $1-billion punishment that favours a vengeful corporation, his lawyer said Wednesday.

Woman accused of cyberstalking - 10/10/10
A Monroe woman was arrested after reportedly sending several harassing text messages to another woman, demanding money she was owed. Pamela Ann Henry, 54, 3803 Harrison St., was booked on one count of cyberstalking. According to police reports, Henry continuously sent text messages to the victim stating she wanted money she was owed. The victim told Henry she would pay her as soon as she was able and asked Henry to stop texting her, reports stated.

Tech terror: Cyber-stalking and domestic violence - 10/09/10
It started in New York. Bella was 14. Eddie was 18. They began dating, and almost immediately Eddie became physically abusive. Bella, 32, who now lives in Pasco County, Fla., can’t recall the first incident. She says the abuse was so frequent that she only remembers the “big, big stuff,” like the time Eddie body-slammed her into the street in front of her classmates.

Unemployed man faces jail after leaving obscene messages on internet tribute sites - 10/09/10
An unemployed man who trawled the internet leaving obscene messages on tribute sites for dead people is facing jail after being brought to court under a rarely-used law. Colm Coss found Facebook memorials to victims of high-profile tragedies around the world - and defaced them with sexual slurs. His targets included a site dedicated to Jade Goody, the reality TV star who died of cancer.

Ex's Jimmy Choo Shoes Up on eBay - 10/08/10
FUMING Ryan Bransome has taken revenge on his ex-fiancee by putting her £3,000 engagement ring and Jimmy Choo shoes up for sale on eBay. The 31-year-old - who split with Caroline Round after nine years together - also advertised that he was selling 19 other pairs of heels she left behind when she moved out.

Parents: Dying Girl, 7, Taunted by Neighbors in Trenton - 10/08/10
Her family says 7-year-old Kathleen Edward is in the final stages of a degenerative brain disorder diagnosed as Huntington's Disease - the same disease which killed her mother, Laura, when she was only 24. Neighbors Jennifer and Scott Petkov, who have been feuding with the family, admitted to posting grim depictions of Laura and Kathleen on Facebook. One photo depicts Laura in the arms of the grim reaper, while the other features Kathleen's face above a set of crossbones.

McD's Monopoly complainants grows - 10/08/10
Smiles may be free at McDonald's, but the only place where Ryan Doon would be grinning is in the courtroom. The 27-year-old IBM consultant said he still feels duped by the multi-billion dollar fast food chain after it wouldn't compensate him for pointing out a typo on its Monopoly official rules.

Cyber bullying response leads to dismissal of coach - 10/08/10
According to a telephone survey conducted in 2006, 4 in 10 teens have experienced online harassment. Girls are twice as likely as boys to be harassed and teens who share their identities on sites such as MySpace are more prone to become the targets of cyber-bullying. That was the case at Damien Memorial School where a coach pushed the limit of how far a cyber bully should be pushed back.

Staying cyber-safe - 10/08/10
When Dwight Manghane’s 11-year-old daughter, Gabriella, first signed on to PlayStation Home earlier this year, he was amazed at the possibilities of the online virtual meeting space. There, Gabriella controlled a self-created avatar as she interacted with other users while navigating a 3-D environment on her PlayStation 3 video game console.

There’s a fine line between free speech and hate speech - 10/08/10
I don't know how to defend the constitutional rights of everyone, including scummy bloggers on the Internet, without feeling a little bit dirty when I feel compelled to defend someone I loathe. Michigan Assistant Attorney General Andrew Shirvell recently took a leave of absence after drawing national attention to his blog, Chris Armstrong Watch. The blog, which is now only available to "invited readers," monitored University of Michigan student body president Chris Armstrong, who is gay.

Star student,18, set to lose $33,000 university scholarship after appearing in an internet porn video - 10/08/10
With a cheeky, happy smile and holding her university ID cards, Elizabeth Hawkenson looks like she's posing for a friend's photograph taken on a phone. But the truth is far less innocent. In fact the 18-year-old is about to participate in a porn film - and is flashing her identification to prove she is not under age. Miss Hawkenson is a first year studying geology at Arizona State University, but it is not her interest in rocks and soil that has brought her internet fame.

iPhone Perv Filmed Up Shoppers Skirts - 10/07/10
A PERVERT used his iPhone to film up women's skirts while whistling Queen's hit Don't Stop Me Now. Creep Carl Underdown, 23, prowled a supermarket looking for victims, a court heard. He filmed 15 women and planned to post clips on YouTube, on which the sick technique is known as "upskirting".

Foursquare Overshare? - 10/07/10
Another day begins on the Grand Strand. The to-do list is already bulging at the seams, and what little morning time remains gets gobbled up by a barrage of tasks: That all-important first cup of coffee or two, shave and shower, make sure the cat has enough Meow Mix to get through the day - pray that the teenagers don't bicker through breakfast or in the car when they drive to school. Already sucked in by social media, a random check of Facebook or Twitter might be in order - then the drive to work in relatively calm, off-season traffic. Arrive at work and take care of yet one more task - the Foursquare check-in.

Cybercrime continues to hit Americans, new trends emerge - 10/07/10
New trends to hit organized cybercrime include rogue security software, crimeware, cloud-based delivery, social media bugs. With almost two billion people today using the Internet for business, communication with family and friends, news and entertainment, many are exposing themselves to an extensive and growing number of malware threats.

Reports of cyber stalking increasing - 10/06/10
When John Carlin began receiving photos on his cell phone last year of his live-in companion with other people, he didn’t realize he was being cyber-stalked. Carlin says he turned to police after finding an online ad with his photo that encouraged men to come to his home for sex, but got no help stopping the harassment. He said police didn’t want to look at the ad or other evidence he had collected, including alarming text and e-mail messages Carlin said were from a man he met in a bar.

Is your private phone number on Facebook? Probably. And so are your friends' - 10/06/10
Uploads from iPhones using the Facebook app will push all your contacts onto Facebook's servers - where they'll be matched against any and everyone. Worried at all? If you have a friend on Facebook who has used the iPhone app version to access the site, then it's very possible that your private phone numbers - and those of lots of your and their friends - are on the site.

Catch a thief from your armchair and win cash - 10/05/10
Anyone who owns a laptop computer can now fight crime from the safety of their home and win cash prizes for catching thieves red-handed, under a new British monitoring scheme that went live this week. The service works by employing an army of registered armchair snoopers who watch hours of CCTV footage from cameras in stores and high street venues across the country.

Monday, October 04, 2010

WHO@ Newsletter - October 4, 2010

I could't make this up if I tried. . ."Hey mom, what's a sex chat line?"

Celebrity's cereal box lists sex line instead of charity
The telephone number pasted on boxes of cereal named for Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco was supposed to be for a charity -- but mistakenly directed callers to a sex line, the player's agent said on Thursday.

"The wrong number was given by the Feed the Children charity," Ochocinco's agent Robert Bailey said. "It's a shame because it's a good cause."

The outspoken Ochocinco said he was confident the mistake -- an 800 area code was substituted for 888 -- would be corrected by PBL Sports, the marketing company behind "Ochocincos" cereal.

A portion of the $5 price of each box goes to the Feed The Children organization, according to PBL's website.

In a tweet, the football player had directed fans to his own website and urged them to order his cereal, adding, "Start your day with a lil suga!!!"

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Man jailed for Facebook taunt murder of ex-wife - 10/04/10
A chef has been jailed for life for murdering his ex-wife after she taunted him on Facebook about paying child support. Adam Mann used a hammer to batter Lisa Beverley, 30, before slashing her neck with a knife, the Old Bailey was told.

Syria accuses teenage blogger of spying - 10/04/10
Syria accuses a 19-year-old detained blogger of being a spy, a Syrian official said Monday, the first comment from the authorities in a case that sparked calls by the New York-based Human Rights Watch for the young woman's release.

Negative online reviews leave doctors with little recourse - 10/04/10
The Internet is rife with reviews about the latest restaurant and auto repair shop someone tried the week before -- or a visit to a doctor. But some physicians say they shouldn't be reviewed online the same way people judge how a filet mignon was cooked or how fast a tire was changed. And when it comes to negative reviews, doctors say they have more at stake than other businesses.

Our Employee Posted What? Employers Learn to Deal With Social Networking - 10/04/10
Friending. Connecting. Tweeting. The lexicon of social networking sites like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter has become part of our vocabulary and lives. And like most social phenomena in America, these sites (and the activities of their users) have found their way into the workplace, proving to be valuable resources ­ as well as legal minefields ­ for employers.

Facebook threats lead to Montreal arrest - 10/03/10
A Montreal man has been arrested after police were tipped that death threats were made on Facebook. Quebec provincial police say David Abitbol was arrested at his parents' home on Saturday.

One For California's Children: ON-LINE HARASSMENT - Schwarzenegger Signs Gloria Allred Sponsored Bill - 10/01/10
Last night before the stroke of midnight, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger rewarded attorney Gloria Allred with a last minute signing of her sponsored legislation, Senate Bill (SB) 834, a Florez-authored measure, to stop the on-line harassment of child crime victims by their perpetrators and associates.

Vile Web Site Urges Married People to Have Affairs - 10/01/10
AN attractive couple lie entwined in a cotton sheet - clearly satisfied after what seems to have been a steamy sex session. Cue subtitles for a dramatic finale: "This couple is married . . . NOT to each other."

Students plagued by Internet fraud - 09/30/10
Security breaches aren't just for the White House anymore. October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and the National Cyber Security Alliance is looking to raise awareness among college students to help them stay safe and secure online.

Hit-and-run victim was quiet and dependable, co-workers say - 09/29/10
About 11 p.m. Sept. 12, a car struck Neil Alan Smith and threw him off his bicycle on Fourth Street N. The car didn't stop. Mr. Smith, who was pedaling home from his job as a dishwasher at the Crab Shack, struck his head on a light post. He was taken to Bayfront Medical Center. He died there six days later. He was 48. Police have not located the hit-and-run driver. Shortly after the St. Petersburg Times announced Mr. Smith's death on its website, a reader posted a comment stating the following: A man who is working as a dishwasher at the Crab Shack at the age of 48 is surely better off dead.

KC woman travels to Ottumwa, pulls gun - 09/29/10
There was new development Thursday in the case of a Kansas City, Missouri, woman who authorities say drove to Ottumwa to pull a gun on a man Wednesday morning. Ottumwa police told KTVO they found Breana Greathouse, 25, with the weapon in her hand, threatening to shoot Forrest Jamison of Ottumwa.

E-crime police arrest 19 over UK online bank theft - 09/28/10
Nineteen people suspected of stealing millions from online bank accounts have been arrested by police. Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Central e-Crime Unit raided a string of addresses across London on Monday.

Rutgers students accused of using hidden dorm camera to video sex - 09/28/10
Two Rutgers University students have been charged with invading another student's privacy by secretly placing a camera in the student's dormitory room and transmitting a sexual encounter over the Internet.

Porn titans come together to expose pirates - 09/26/10
The notoriously fragmented porn industry is uniting to expose Internet Age pirates threatening its survival. Studios have begun collaborating on lawsuits targeting people who share digitized adult videos at peer-to-peer networks and are exploring technology tools for automatically tracking and protecting copyrighted material online.